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Old 01-27-2016, 03:02 PM
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Prior to her death earlier this month, my mother received $624 in SS benefit monthly. My dad (77yo) earns $1,544. What calculation is used to determine the amount of his death benefit?

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Old 01-27-2016, 03:28 PM
 
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If your dad gets $1544. in His Social security benefit, and your mom only got $624. Than the only thing your dad would be eligible for Would be the small Lump sum payment, I forget how much it is now but under $400. one time burial amount. He would still get his SS benefit but would get nothing of her benefit.

IF it had been the other way around and your Dad passed leaving your Mom alive she would have started receiving His $1544. But would no longer receive her $624.
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Old 01-27-2016, 03:30 PM
 
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When my husband died it was $255 death benefit.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:05 PM
 
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Sorry for your loss. Here are 2 SSA pubs you should read to help your father.

Be prepared for the possibility that SSA will want Mom's last benefit payment returned. Explained in the first link below.

https://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10008.pdf

https://www.socialsecurity.gov/forms/ssa-8.html
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:12 PM
 
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My mom died last year. My father received $255 as a death benefit. He receives the same ss payments on his record as before her death, but my mom's payments have stopped.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:34 AM
 
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Since your dad's personal benefit was higher than your mom's, he would stay with his personal benefit, if he was to get a Survivor's benefit, he would get your mom's $624. Since his personal benefit is higher than his survivor benefit, His check would stay as his personal benefit $1544.

He cannot get both amounts, one or the other.

He is also eligible for the one time, $255 lump sum check. many times the funeral home will take care of applying for this with SS.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:16 PM
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Thanks, all -- $255 appears to be the answer. I assume he would complete SS-8, Application for Lump Sum Death Benefit, and NOT SS-10, Widows/Widowers Benefits?

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Old 01-28-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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Thanks, all -- $255 appears to be the answer. I assume he would complete SS-8, Application for Lump Sum Death Benefit, and NOT SS-10, Widows/Widowers Benefits?
I would recommend that he ( and you, if possible) make an appointment with a local SSA office. Meet with an agent to go over all issues involved, and they will generate the forms as needed. There should be no point in doing an SS-10. Only the SS-8, and clarify if the last benefit payment needs to be returned.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:53 PM
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Thanks, good advice. The last benefit payment does not need to be returned, as it occurred in the month prior to her death.
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